motivation, motive, need(noun)
the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
"we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
causing or able to cause motion
"a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
motivative(a), motive(a), motivating(adj)
impelling to action
"it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
An incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action.
A motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the flutes mimicking the cello motive.
To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.
Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
Relating to motion and/or to its cause
that which moves; a mover
that which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object
the theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading
that which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one
causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power
to prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move
A motive, in law, especially criminal law, is the cause that moves people to induce a certain action. Motive, in itself, is not an element of any given crime; however, the legal system typically allows motive to be proven in order to make plausible the accused's reasons for committing a crime, at least when those motives may be obscure or hard to identify with. The law technically distinguishes between motive and intent. "Intent" in criminal law is synonymous with mens rea, which means no more than the specific mental purpose to perform a deed that is forbidden by a criminal statute, or the reckless disregard of whether the law will be violated. "Motive" describes instead the reasons in the accused's background and station in life that are supposed to have induced the crime. Motive is particularly important in prosecutions for homicide. First, murder is so drastic a crime that most people recoil from the thought of being able to do it; proof of motive explains why the accused did so desperate an act. Moreover, most common law jurisdictions have statutes that provide for degrees of homicide, based in part on the accused's mental state. The lesser offence of voluntary manslaughter, for example, traditionally required that the accused knowingly and voluntarily kill the victim; in addition, it must be shown that the killing took place in the "sudden heat of passion," an excess of rage or anger coming from a contemporary provocation, which clouded the accused's judgment. Homicides motivated by such factors are a lesser offense than murder "in cold blood."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mō′tiv, adj. causing motion: having power to cause motion.—n. that which moves or excites to action: inducement: reason.—v.t. to act on as a motive, instigate.—v.t. Mō′tivāte, to act on as a motive, induce.—n. Motivā′tion.—adj. Mōtiveless.—ns. Mō′tivelessness; Mō′tive-power, or -force, the force acting upon a body so as to cause it to move; Motiv′ity, power of producing motion: the quality of being influenced by motion. [Fr., through Low L., from movēre, mōtum to move.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'motive' in Nouns Frequency: #1796
The numerical value of motive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of motive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Darlie had no motive at all, and Darin had $250,000 worth of motive.
We have interviewed a ton of people. We don't have a motive or anything at this point—no suspect, no motive.
To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.
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- motiuCatalan, Valencian
- pohnutka, motiv, hybnýCzech
- bevæggrund, motivDanish
- Beweggrund, MotivGerman
- aihe, liikunta, liike, motivoida, liikkeellepaneva, motiivi, vaikutinFinnish
- motif, moteur, motiver, mouvant, thème, mobileFrench
- מניע, מוטיבHebrew
- 동기, 動機Korean
- onderwerp, motief, motioneel, beweegreden, motivatie, bewegend, motiverenDutch
- rațiune, motivRomanian
- мотив, поводRussian
- мо̀тӣв, mòtīvSerbo-Croatian
- động cơ, 動機Vietnamese
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